Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
Hitting us at $659.99 at the time of writing, the MSI GTX 780 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC comes in at a strong price point which sits only $10 higher than reference designed versions. The big issue behind the MSI GTX 780 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC is the same that's seen on every other non-reference GTX 780 3GB at the moment.
It's got a little "Out of Stock" label sitting next to it and to be honest, it's for good reason. The GTX 780 in itself is a great model and the non-reference cards we've looked at are a nice improvement on the reference design - especially when it comes to heat numbers. When you combine the fact that these non-reference variants are going to set you back only $10 - $20 more than a reference design card, you'd really be crazy to choose a reference offering over a non-reference one and looking over at Newegg, it's obvious that everyone feels the same.
In typical video card fashion the bundle side of things is on the light side, but we know that the hero of any video card package is the video card itself. In typical fashion MSI has done a great job here and created a really strong video card that clearly stands out against the reference design in a big way.
The Twin Frozr IV cooler is, as always, excellent and you can see that it sits a good 11c cooler at load when compared to the reference cooler. That's a decent chunk, especially when you consider the reference cooler is throwing out 80c, a number that while is fine, is still one that we feel is a little too high.
Combing all this with the new black and red color scheme that is brought to the table via the new Gaming Series tag and you've got yourself a great version of the new GTX 780 3GB. As much as you'd probably like to pick up a GTX 780 3GB straight away, we would really recommend that you pre-order a model like the MSI GTX 780 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC (and wait) instead of the reference one, so you can get it as soon as it's back in stock.